Kidnapping victim thanks Idaho lawmakers

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Kidnapping victim thanks Idaho lawmakers

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 4:36 PM

BOISE -- A woman helping lead a nationwide push to increase law enforcement's capacity to fight Internet crimes against children is saying "thank you" to Idaho lawmakers.

Earlier this year, the Idaho Legislature voted to substantially increase funding and staffing for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The measure is similar to what became known as "Alicia's Law" in Virginia, where Alicia Kozakiewicz was lured, kidnapped, raped and tortured by an Internet predator in 2002 for four days until FBI agents rescued her.

Wednesday morning at the Idaho Statehouse, Alicia talked about what the state's new law means.

"For each of those children, trapped, terrified and voiceless - whom you are setting free - for them, I thank you," said Kozakiewicz.

The Idaho Fraternal Order of Police presented awards to lawmakers who helped make Idaho the third state in the nation to enact "Alicia's Law."

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